What makes China special may become the strong reasons you stay!
China / July 3, 2017

Most people are probably aware of the fact that industries are huge in China. I mean that because of the products with “Made in China” that we see everywhere in the world. If we were to think of particular booming industries, though, I think most of us would probably mention technology and food. Several tech companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei and Xiaomi, among others, are very relevant in China and in the world. Food wise, I know that Chinese cuisine is the bomb in America, because of the box take-aways and meals such as noodles and dumplings. However, for the foreigners that actually live in China, they are aware that the TEFL industry is booming. In some cases speaking perfect English is not even necessary, because what schools and parents really want is for the students to contact foreigners. Another common exchange program is au pairing – this one is probably more common in Europe but it is starting to be common here especially for young people with few formal qualifications. There is also the possibility to do internships in China and work at actual businesses, but I would say that as a foreigner you are almost guaranteed to…

South China Sea: China calls USS Stethem warship ‘a provocation’
China / July 3, 2017

Beijing has called the presence of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea “a serious political and military provocation”. The USS Stethem sailed within the territorial limits of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands, claimed by China and others. China responded by sending ships and fighter jets to the island. It happened hours before US President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke on the phone. But a White House statement about their call did not say if they had discussed the incident. The US has repeatedly warned China against its occupation and aggressive reclamation of islands in disputed waters, but Beijing says it is within its sovereign rights to do so. Why is the South China Sea contentious? Satellite photos ‘show weapons’ built on islands Mr Trump and Mr Xi instead “reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearised Korean peninsula”, the White House said. Mr Trump also discussed North Korea with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a separate call. What happened near Triton Island? In a statement late on Sunday, China’s foreign ministry confirmed reports that the USS Stethem had entered waters claimed by China. The warship had sailed within 12 nautical…